About Spikes K9 Fund
a 501c3 Tax-Exempt Organization
Spikes K9 Fund was founded by James Hatch, a retired Special Warfare Operator.
As a K9 handler on several deployments, James’ life was regularly spared by the work of K9s – one of the most memorable was Spike. And on James’ final deployment, the night he was critically wounded, a K9 spared James’ life while losing his own.
From that evening on, James oriented his life around the training, care and preservation of working dogs. In addition to working as the founder and president of the fund, he works with local law enforcement and has adopted a former service dog in need of medical attention.
Read in-depth details and new news about the Fund on James’ blog.
On January 11th, 2016 "K9 Krijger" of the Norfolk Police Department was killed in the line of duty. Shortly thereafter, we created the “K9 Krijger Campaign” which was established to raise funds specifically for ballistic …
So we were again given a huge amount of exposure when Anderson Cooper chose to play celebrity Jeopardy, and represent Spike's K9 Fund. Anderson didn't win, but if he had, we would have received …
Spike’s K9 Fund takes care of working Dogs and their humans who need it most.
Read their stories and find out how you can help.Our Dogs
Dogs saved me in the many ways a person can be saved. Powerful as they are, they can’t advocate for themselves when they need help. That’s why it’s my mission to take care of them. And I can’t do it without you.James Hatch, Founder
A working K9 is typically a breed bred for its dexterity, ability to focus, intelligence and athleticism. Once selected for work, that K9 will undergo rigorous training for tasks such as apprehending suspected criminals and sniffing out narcotics or explosives.
When the K9 is ready to work, there’s been significant, essential cost and time invested into their conditioning to ensure they’re an asset to their team as well as to reduce risk of harm to themselves and others when working.
When these K9s require:
- leading-edge gear for their protection in violent or disaster situations,
- equipment to help their crew be more effective,
- medical care when they become sick or injured
the organization they work for has to make a difficult and often detrimental decision of whether the cost of the need outweighs the cost of the specialized K9.
How We Help
Spike’s K9 Fund, with your support, aspires to ensure every K9 receives exactly what they need every time. We purchase gear to keep them safer and for peak operation, and we pay for critical medical treatment to help them return to work or live their retirement days in complete health.
Long Term Goal
The Fund’s long-term goal is to build and maintain a kennel for former working K9s who cannot return to work or who, due to their significant hard-wiring, cannot be re-homed.
We don’t take a single dollar for granted.
Consider contributing to the health and safety of the Dogs who take care of us without hesitation.
To become a corporate sponsor, complete the form below and we will respond with the info to get you started.
Are you able to contribute alternative aide such as new gear or long-distance transportation? Complete the form below with a description of how you would like to help.
Apply for Assistance
Need our help? Fill in the fields below and in your message, include your organization’s name and the specifics of your K9 needs.